About Me

I haven’t done everything, but I think I’ve done a lot and my goal is share with the world the lessons I’ve learned along the way to help others “get after it,” whatever their “it” is.

I served in the US Navy, jumped out of planes more than 50 times, and ran a successful financial planning business. I spent almost two years living and serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Jordan and have visited 25 other countries across five continents. I’ve worked as a military intelligence analyst and at the Central Intelligence Agency and as a diplomat for the State Department. I teach at-risk youth how to play the guitar, bass, and drums, in addition to having my own solo music career. I’ve dabbled in stand-up comedy and acting.

I’m definitely unique, not only because of my experiences (as we all are in that way), but because I’m literally the only Parker Schaffel in the world. Seriously, look it up.

Need an Amateur Photographer?

I use a Nikon DSLR camera with several different lenses to provide fun, informal photography services, including family photos, head shots, as well as scenery and editorial photography.

Here are a few examples:

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As a US Navy Veteran…

From 2009 – 2017, I was an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve leading and training sailors in support of the US Navy’s 5th (Middle East) and 7th (Pacific) Fleets. In 2013, I deployed to Manama, Bahrain to serve in the N2 (Intelligence) section of Naval Central Forces Command. I was also the Command Fitness Leader for Navy Reserve Unit ONI 0466. I separated from the US Navy in August 2017 having earned the Information Dominance Warfare Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Overseas Global War on Terrorism Medal, Domestic Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Rifle Ribbon, and Expert Pistol Ribbon.

Navy Ribbon Rack

…I was also a diplomat…

As an officer with the State Department in the Political-Military Affairs section of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, I helped build and reform Iraq’s security sector, build its civil-military relations, and improve its strategic military education program. During my tenure from 2011 – 2012, I oversaw and led the US position on the establishment of the Iraq-NATO Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program (IPCP), which was signed in May 2012, officially establishing the tenets of the official partnership between NATO and Iraq.

…and an intelligence analyst…

As a military analyst from July 2007 – April 2011, I wrote dozens of strategic, analytic papers on Middle Eastern and South Asian security forces for the President, Congress, and senior national security staff members evaluating conventional and unconventional weapons systems, defense resources, war-fighting capabilities, intentions, doctrine, and war-fighting of foreign governments, terrorists, and insurgency groups. Final products ranged in length from one to eight pages, and included maps, graphics, and digital content.

…and a financial planner…

As a Financial Adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Westlake, Ohio from 2006 – 2007, I was a licensed adviser and planner with National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Series 7 and 66 licenses, as well as Life, Health, and Variable Insurance Licenses. I earned Ameriprise Financial’s Mercury and Centurion awards for client acquisition in my first 20 weeks. Simply put, it shows that I had built a strong network, was trusted by my clients, and responsible in my actions.

…but I’ve also been to…

  • Western Hemisphere: Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Aruba, Curacao, Jamaica
  • Europe: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Greece
  • Africa: Tanzania
  • Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Bahrain
  • Asia: Afghanistan, Thailand, Japan

…oh yeah, I also work for several companies as a casino games dealer.

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